By John Owoo
(In Accra – Ghana)
Dynamic poets Benumah and Dzaydzorm last week delighted fans at the Goethe-Institut in Accra with poems characterized by elations, distresses, lamentations, personal experiences and a cabinet of memories.
Together with guitarist Dado Gyan, the poets delved into tradition, romance, multi-ethnicity, femininity, identity and spirituality while exhibiting raw emotion and attachment to their poems. Indeed, they enchanted the attentive audience with voices that soared through the cool night air like birds in flight.
“Both poets are stars in their own right – they sustained the attention of the audience right from the beginning to the end. Not only through mesmerizing poems but also effective communication with each other and the audience as a whole”, said Yaw Addo, a musician in Accra.
Through an interactive performance, the poets enabled the audience to deepen, illuminate and form a clear understanding of their work while illustrating the fact that poetry encourages an engagement with thoughts, truths, challenges, fears – and above all joys.
Fans gathered at the performance dubbed Goethe-Abansoro, which has become a poetry hub in Accra, engaged the poets in a discussion on issues relating to poetry in Ghana, their work in general and the opportunities available for young poets.
“It was a great idea to include a question and answer segment to the programme – undeniably, it enabled the audience to fully understand and appreciate the poems of these brilliant ladies”, added Adjoa Ansah, a teacher in Accra.
An academic, writer, actress and director, Benuma’s works reflect her origins and tends to promote multi-ethnicity instead of other nomenclatures such as “mixed” or “bi-racial” while encouraging her audience to look at issues with a different point of view.
With Ghanaian / Liberian heritage, Dzaydzorm is well known for her intense and captivating presence that has charmed varied audiences on stage with poetry that encapsulates her growth and life experiences in diverse areas.
Goethe-Abansoro is a monthly poetry session, which is organized, presented and sponsored by the Goethe-Institut.